Do you think Brutus was right in letting Antony give the funeral speech ? Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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Having the advantage of knowing what happens to Brutus and Cassius, who are defeated by Octavius, Marc Antony, and Lucius, the reader must conclude that Brutus has made a crucial mistake when he does not listen to the advice of Cassius,

You know not what you do; donot consent

That Antony speak in his funeral.

Know you how much the people may be moved

By that which he will utter? (23.2.250-253)

As it turns out, allowing Marc Antony to speak is both detrimental to...

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Yes Brutus was right to let him do so.  His biggest mistake was letting him go second after his own speech.  This left him time to think about how to dismantle the reputation of the Senate who he called "honorable men".  By Brutus letting Antony speak, he was trying to show the crowd that the Senate was not barbaric or murderous.  Unfortunately for him, Antony lets the crowd make their own decision (or lets just say Antony leads them).  If the people didn't get Brutus, his conscience (the ghost of caesar) would have.

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